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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wang Lixiong and further notes about Tibet

Wang Lixiong is a Beijing-based writer. He was the organiser of the twelve-point statement on Tibet by twenty-nine Chinese intellectuals, released on 22 March 2008. This article was published in the Wall Street Journal. It was translated from the Chinese by Perry Link of Princeton University. He is also the author of "Reflections on Tibet," an article in the March/April 2002 edition of New Left Review, which was recently recommended in a comment on Uri Avnery's article on Tibet and Palestine. The WSJ/openDemocracy is packed with useful links.

Wang Lixiong, "China and Tibet: the true path," April 15, 2008.

The recent troubles in Tibet are a replay of events that happened two decades ago. On 1 October 1987, Buddhist monks were demonstrating peacefully at the Barkor - the famous market street around the central cathedral in Lhasa - when police began beating and arresting them. To ordinary Tibetans, who view monks as "treasures", the sight was intolerable - not only in itself, but because it stimulated unpleasant memories that Tibetan Buddhists had been harbouring for years (see Tubten Khétsun, Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule [Columbia University Press, 2008]).

A few angry young men then began throwing stones at the Barkor police station. More and more joined in, and then they started fires, overturned cars and began shouting "Independence for Tibet!" This is almost exactly what was witnessed in Lhasa on 14 March 2008.

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Some interesting images and ideas in links provided by a listener to the World Report broadcast. Some suffer from a shortage of information about the identity of individuals reponsible, authors, filmmakers, interviewers etc. Even so, a broader range of questions than is currently being asked appears to be warranted, if not imperative. If you have more information about these sources, please contact worldreport at cjly dot net.

Australian tourist video of what happened in Tibet, March 20, 2008.

How the Western media reports the Tibet riots (put together by some young Chinese Americans).

Dalai Lama’s group receive money from CIA.

Some reflections about Tibet and Dalai Lama. Who is this? Sounds like someone who knows his stuff, but we just get a fragment and no names. Internet archeology.

Bill Shiller, "Canadians caught in Tibet's violence," Toronto Star, March 17, 2008.

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